Changes Mean Seniors Keep More of Their Income

first_imgStarting Nov. 1, hundreds of Nova Scotians with a spouse or partner in long-term care will keep more of their shared income after policy changes announced today, Sept. 25 by Premier Darrell Dexter. The changes will make life more affordable for the partner still living at home. “Many seniors struggled to make ends meet because their spouse was in long-term care,” said Premier Dexter. “Women and men who worked hard all their lives deserve a better deal, and this change makes life more affordable for these seniors. It means less worry and more money for anyone whose spouse is in long-term care. “Nova Scotia’s seniors deserve to live comfortably and independently in their communities for as long as possible.” The cost for accommodation in long-term care is now based on 50 per cent of a couple’s combined income. The province is investing $3 million to change that amount to 40 per cent, allowing the partner at home to keep 60 per cent of their shared income. This means if a couple has a combined annual income of $45,000, the partner remaining at home will keep $27,000 under the new policy instead of $22,500. Between 700 and 1,000 couples may benefit from this change over the next year. About 11 per cent of long-term care residents have a partner living at home in the community. The province is also increasing the amount a couple can earn before they have to personally pay for their accommodation. The spousal income threshold will increase from $18,064 to $20,000. Couples who have a combined income of $20,000 or less will have the entire cost of accommodation covered by the province. Joan Legge, chairperson of the Ivany Place Family Council, said they are pleased with the changes and that they will ease seniors’ minds. “Health care is a major concern to most people, especially as they age, and financial concerns are a close second,” said Ms. Legge. “Seniors want to know that they will have enough money to care for themselves and their loved ones. Today’s announcement will help them make the right decisions when it comes to care.” About 8,000 Nova Scotians live in long-term care. The cost of health care for residents is covered by the province and residents pay for accommodation.last_img read more

Prepare for 2020 Delhi polls Kejriwal to AAP workers

first_imgNEW DELHI: Breaking the silence after the defeat of Aam Aadmi Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Delhi and other states, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met the volunteers in Delhi where he said that the party could not convince people to vote on the basis of work done and people thought that it’s a ‘Bada Chunav’ (big election).”Now the bada chunav is gone and get prepared for the chota chunav (Vidhan Sabha election), this time do not vote for any name but vote for the work done,” he said. He also told the volunteers to not feel demoralised due to the defeat. “You all have worked very hard. Do not feel demotivated,” he said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarHe also reiterated about the works done by the Delhi government in the sectors like education and health. He also raised the issue of raids by the Central agencies against the ministers of the AAP. The AAP this time fought the election with the demand of the full statehood of Delhi however, the Delhi CM did not talk about the full-statehood in this meeting. Days after coming third in the Lok Sabha polls in the national capital, Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday launched a slogan ‘Kejriwal in Delhi’ to gear up for the upcoming Assembly polls in the city. The slogan on banners ‘Delhi mein toh Kejriwal…’ (‘Kejriwal in Delhi’) can be seen all over at the meeting point of AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi state unit volunteers. On Sunday, Kejriwal had called a meeting of Delhi state unit volunteers at the Punjabi Bagh Club here. The meeting was called to interact and discuss the future course of action of the party with volunteers. Delhi will have Assembly polls later this year or in early 2020.last_img read more

Chime For Change Launches Powerful Stories Of Women Around The World

first_imgCHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, has announced the launch of its storytelling platform, designed to shine a light on stories celebrating and spotlighting courageous girls and women around the world.Through a combination of short films and journalistic content, the powerful stories are centered on the individuals who live them, and aim to inspire conversation and community participation by raising awareness among a global audience.To mark the launch of the storytelling platform, CHIME FOR CHANGE, led by a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, has released five original short films, told through the lens of creative filmmakers who have been inspired to share previously untold compelling stories with the world. The films first premiered earlier this month during THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event on June 1, which gathered together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. The films are available to view and download through the CHIME FOR CHANGE homepage and“We will shine a spotlight on those who are fighting for education, health and justice for girls and women by sharing stories about real people who are speaking out and rising up to change the course of history,” said Salma Hayek Pinault, Executive Producer of the CHIME FOR CHANGE film unit. “These films tell intimate, personal stories – but these stories represent universal themes. And now we can all play a part by turning inspiration into action.”In addition, Mariane Pearl, Managing Editor of CHIME FOR CHANGE, has assembled a team of international journalists who will document the pivotal time in history we are currently experiencing as girls and women courageously stand up to demand that their voices and stories are heard. Ms. Pearl will work with independent journalists from all over the world and with the support of content partners including the International Herald Tribune and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Ms. Pearl said: “Journalism is about holding those in power accountable and giving a voice to the voiceless. We will do both, denouncing the violence and discrimination women are facing because of their gender and giving a voice to those who may have never spoken out until now.”Ms. Pearl added: “One by one these individuals’ stories demonstrate that women everywhere are ready to stand up for themselves and for one another, ready to live to their full potential.”The journalism platform will serve as an inspiration for women and girls everywhere to connect and learn each others’ stories, using the power of narrative and storytelling to create a global network, and support those working individually to transform their environments.The five short films released this week illustrate some of the many critical issues faced by girls and women around the world, and focus on real life stories connected to the three pillars of CHIME FOR CHANGE: Education, Health and Justice. The films include: • SEPIDEH: LETTERS TO EINSTEIN directed by Berit Madsen, the story of Sepideh, a young Iranian astronomer who dreams of becoming an astronaut. The film tells the story of a young woman who dares to pursue her dream despite the many societal pressures and familial obligations that threaten to block her path. • REACHING FOR THE SUN by Jehane Noujaim, which follows the journey of 30 grandmothers chosen from remote corners of the globe who are trained as solar engineers, enabling them to return home and solar power their own villages. • Dan Reed’s #SHOUTINGBACK, which tells the story of Laura Bates, a UK journalist and activist who uses social media to highlight the issue of sexual harassment and objectification of women. • DYNAMIQUE DES FEMMES JURISTES by Hi-Sim Studios, an animated film about a group of female lawyers in eastern Congo fighting for women’s rights. • JESSICA’S STORY by Libby Spears profiles Jessica as she shares her story of being sex trafficked as a child. Artist Lydiaemily Archibald paints a large mural in Los Angeles’s infamous Skid Row to capture Jessica’s spirit and resilience.In addition, a special version of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s HUMAIRA: THE DREAM CATCHER with a voiceover from Madonna has been released this week by CHIME FOR CHANGE. All of the new films on the storytelling platform join the extended trailer of THE SUPREME PRICE by Joanna Lipper, the first short film to be released by CHIME FOR CHANGE to coincide with the launch of the campaign in February.The launch of the CHIME FOR CHANGE storytelling platform follows The SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE held at Twickenham Stadium on 1st June. The concert event was headlined by CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyonce, along with an incredible line-up of all-star performers and presenters who brought girls’ and women’s empowerment to the world’s stage.Immediately prior to THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE concert event, Ms. Pearl hosted a five-day ‘Reporting Women’ journalism summit, in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The course explored topics ranging from the safety of female journalists, to female stereotypes and narratives in the media. Participating journalists were recruited from all parts of the world, and will have their work featured as a part of the storytelling platform on the CHIME FOR CHANGE website.The funds raised through the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign will be donated to projects presented by more than 80 non-profit organizations in over 70 countries through CHIME FOR CHANGE partner Catapult, the first crowdfunding platform solely dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.Many of the CHIME FOR CHANGE short films are represented by an associated project on Catapult, so that viewers can become personally engaged in the individual stories of the girls and women in the films. These include: helping Humaira Bachal build her Dream Model Street School on the outskirts of Karachi; supporting Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism project; helping survivors of human trafficking, with stories like Jessica’s, through organizations such as the Nest Foundation; and training the next generation of women leaders through the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) in Nigeria as illustrated through Hafsat Abiola’s story in THE SUPREME PRICE.The feature length films of SEPIDEH: LETTERS TO EINSTEIN, REACHING FOR THE SUN and THE SUPREME PRICE are past recipients of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award, presented by the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund in partnership with the Kering Foundation and administered by Tribeca Film Institute.CHIME FOR CHANGE comes at a historic and pivotal moment for girls and women globally, as the world’s attention is drawn to international stories ranging from the fight for girls’ education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world. The campaign brings together a coalition of organizations and individuals to effect meaningful change for girls and women worldwide. The campaign’s strategic partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines and Catapult.The Advisory Board of CHIME FOR CHANGE includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Valerie Amos, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Helene Gayle, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, Alicia Keys, Yang Lan, John Legend, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, and Monique Villa.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Morocco Riots Broke out in Al Hoceima Following Football Match

Rabat – A riot broke out in the streets of Al Hoceima on Friday following a football match between the Chabab Rif Al Hoceima and the Wydad Athletic Club.It might have been mistaken for a grave political protest. Crowds gathered and became increasingly angry, forming two distinct groups. As the streets filled, tensions rose and the crowds began to yell.In videos released of the incident, large groups of mostly young males can be seen surging tiger, yelling and throwing rocks. Fan dissatisfaction gave way to urban warfare as the crowd began looting shops, breaking out into fistfights, and even overturning cars. In the videos, a siren can be heard as law enforcement vehicles arrived on the scene to brig the mayhem under control.Calm was eventually restored to Al Hoceima but not before personal injuries and extensive property damages were suffered. There is no word yet on possible arrests. read more

Morocco on Horizon of New Arab Cinema at 39th Cairo International

By Hajar ElkahlaouiRabat – Curtains went up on Tuesday night at El-Manara Hall in New Cairo for the 39th Cairo International Film Festival, initiated by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, with the participation of 175 films representing 53 countries, including Morocco. Like every year, the opening ceremony of this international event was marked by the presence of many figures from the culture and movie industries, including English actress Elizabeth Hurley as a guest of honour. Egyptian actor Samir Ghanem was presented with the Faten Hamama Honorary Award, while the Faten Hamama Excellence Award was presented to Egyptian actor Maged El-Kedwany and to the Egyptian Actress Hend Sabry.Syrian singer Assala opened the ceremony with a performance of “Yally Badaato Bil Fann” by the composer Mohamed Abdelwahab.During the nine days of the festival, 15 films will be presented, including Fortunata by Italian director Sergio Castellito, Une saison en France by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Insyriated by Belgium’s Philippe Van Leeuw, Los Perros by the Chilean Marcela Said, Pomegranate Orchard by the Azerbaijani Ilgar Najaf, and Tunis By Night by the Tunisian Elyes Baccar.The festival will also feature a parallel program of special screenings and seminars.In the Horizons of New Arab Cinema competition for feature and documentary films, eight films are in competition, including two from Morocco, two from Syria, one each from Kuwait, Palestine, Tunisia, and Lebanon.This section will be juried by Tunisian actress Rym Ben Messaoud, Egyptian DOP Ahmad El-Morsy, and Jordanian director and producer Mohmoud Al-Massad. read more

UN envoys urge Côte dIvoire to press ahead with electoral preparations

26 August 2008Senior United Nations officials in West Africa have stressed the importance of starting the identification and registration processes for the upcoming presidential polls in Côte d’Ivoire as soon as possible, voicing concern over delays in the preparations. The chiefs of UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa, in a two-day meeting in Guinea-Bissau that ended today, also welcomed the significant progress made in implementing the Ouagadougou Agreement, the 2007 political accord that aims to reconcile Côte d’Ivoire’s Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles.During their meeting, UN officials also noted the determination of Ivorian political leaders to hold the elections, slated for November, as scheduled. But they expressed concerns over the delays in the electoral process, due essentially to logistical challenges. Y. J. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, highlighted some of the progress made so far, noting the completion of financing for the electoral process, the cantonment of the ex-combatants and the airlifting of electoral material for identification and registration by the UN mission in the country (UNOCI). Speaking to reporters today, Mr. Choi said that there was “a light at the end of the tunnel” with regard to the Ivorian electoral process, adding that steps were being taken to ensure that the elections are held under the best possible conditions.Participants in the meeting also discussed other developments in West Africa, and noted the advances made in the consolidation of peace and the restoration of stability in the region, particularly through UN peacekeeping missions. At the same time, they pointed to what they termed “the persistent insecurity and democratic deficit” in most of the 16 countries in the region, according to a news release issued at the end of the meeting.Hosted by the chief of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea Bissau (UNOGBIS), Shola Omoregie, the meeting’s participants included the Special Representatives of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ellen Margrethe Løj, and the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit. The next meeting is scheduled for 5 December in Monrovia, Liberia. read more

Brock Alumni trending

The @Brockalumni twitterverse was lit up with countless mentions, retweets and shoutouts this month – all pointing to Andrew Tinnish, a proud Brock alumnus and Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.February’s #trending topic is the Toronto Star article highlighting Tinnish’s career, which began at Brock, and his continued success with the Blue Jays organization.  Thank you to the countless alumni who shared this story of a fellow grad making waves in the professional baseball world.  For the complete article from the Toronto Star, click here: read more

Retailers results show sharp divide between losers winners

NEW YORK — The divide between retail winners and losers is widening.That became even more evident Wednesday with the latest batch of earnings reports: Big-box stores and off-price retailers have been responding faster to shoppers’ increasing shift online with expanded deliveries and better merchandise. But many mall-based clothing chains and department stores continue to suffer weak sales as they struggle to lure in shoppers.“There is an increasing polarization in retail,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail. “It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s difficult to pull out of the tail spin.”In fact, for the first two fiscal quarters of this year, earnings at off-mall retailers rose 3%, compared with a drop of 29% for mall-based retailers, according to Retail Metrics, a retail research firm, which analyzed results at 105 retailers.On Wednesday, Target raised its annual earnings guidance after reporting strong sales and traffic. It was helped by its same-day delivery services, as well as a strong lineup of homegrown brands. Lowe’s, the nation’s second largest home improvement retailer behind Home Depot, blew past Wall Street’s second-quarter earnings expectations, buoyed by strong demand for spring goods and sales to contractors.Both companies’ stocks soared.Earlier this week, Home Depot handily beat second-quarter profit expectations, while Walmart raised its outlook for the year last week and off price chains like T.J. Maxx are also faring well, resonating with shoppers who love to treasure hunt.But many clothing chains and department stores haven’t differentiated their merchandise enough, and now discounters are further squeezing them by pushing into more affordable trendy fashions, retail industry analysts say.Last week, Macy’s lowered its annual earnings guidance after its earnings suffered in the second quarter as it slashed prices on unsold merchandise. J.C. Penney’s is in worst shape. It posted another quarter of sales declines. Kohl’s shares, meanwhile, fell Tuesday after posting a sales decline though business improved later in the quarter.Upscale department store Nordstrom trimmed its earnings and sales outlook for the current fiscal year late Wednesday after it reported profit and sales declines in the second quarter. Sales at its full-priced stores dropped 6.5%. The results show that it hasn’t been able to escape the woes of traditional malls, even as it has been testing small stores that don’t stock any clothes and expanding its online services.Saunders and other analysts say that they started to see a clear divide between retail’s winners and losers four or five years ago, but that gap has gotten more pronounced because of a combination of factors. For several years, a strong economy provided tail winds to retailers of all stripes, and last year’s tax cuts gave merchants a nice sugar high. But as the economy starts developing some cracks, vulnerable retailers will become even more exposed.Analysts also say that the shift to online shopping keeps accelerating, giving a big advantage to retailers like Target and Walmart who’ve been able to invest billions of dollars in online deliveries and in their stores. Some mall-based retailers are now looking at other ways to bring in shoppers, including subscription rental services and carving out areas to sell second-hand clothes.But for some, it may be a case of too little, too late.“In a world where consumers have more choices than ever, inferior brick-and-mortar experiences will go away,” said John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer Wednesday.Target’s comparable store sales, which include online sales, rose 3.4 % as customer traffic jumped 2.4%. Online sales soared 34%. The Minneapolis company raised profit expectations for the year, sending its shares up $17.47, or 20.4%, to close at $103.Shares in Lowe’s Co., which is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, ended up $10.13, or 10.4%, at $108.Still, it is an uncertain time for even surging retailers like Target.The Trump administration has imposed a 25% tariff on $250 billion in Chinese imports. A pending 10% tariff on another $300 billion in goods would hit everything from toys to clothing and shoes that China ships to the United States.And it appears the retailers that have been winning all along will be the ones to better navigate the tariff storms.Target’s CEO Brian Cornell told analysts that while the trade wars present an additional layer of uncertainty and complexity, he pointed to the company’s diverse assortment, deep expertise in global sourcing and sophisticated set of manufacturing partners around the world.Meanwhile, Macy’s said last week that its shoppers don’t have an appetite for higher prices in a ballooning U.S. trade war with China. The department store was forced to raise prices on some luggage, housewares and furniture to offset the costs of a 25% tariff implemented in May. Macy’s vowed not to increase prices as a result of the 10% tariff, but CEO Jeff Gennette said the company will be speaking with vendors about ways to offset rising costs if the trade war escalates._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio on Twitter .___This story has been updated to correctly identify the Target executive quoted in reference to brick-and-mortar stores. It is Chief Operating Officer John Mulligan, not CEO Brian Cornell.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Atletico Madrid signs Angel Romero

← Previous Story Sabljic joins Bergischer HC! Next Story → Robert Hedin – Norway coach until 2016! Having already acquired Jakov Gojun and Xavier Barachet, Atletico Madrid decided that they need to strengthen the “pivot” position even more, and have signed the now-former Valladolid player Angel Romero Rodriguez. He joined Valladolid in 2010, after previously spending a year at Naturhouse La Rioja and CB Valencia before that. Being 202 cm high and 113 kg in weight, the 28-year old is a signing that will make Atletico with even deeper roster and that’s what they might need in their bid to try to win the F4 yet once again… atleticocuatro reyasmadridrodriguezValladolid read more

Google Chrome adds Windows 8 tweaks pointer lock for gaming

first_imgIt’s been a long time coming, but Pointer Lock support has finally made its way to the stable build of Google Chrome. The new JavaScript spec was demonstrated back in January, and it will provide developers of HTML5 games a way to capture mouse input. That means players can pan around virtual worlds and take aim at opponents without the pointer accidentally zipping away to some remote corner of their multi-monitor desktops — or come grinding to a halt by bumping into a nearby screen edge.At first glance, Pointer Lock may seem like a small addition, but it’s a very important step toward standards-based web games that truly rival the experience of their desktop (and even Flash-powered) counterparts. Chrome has also recently received plenty of other additions that show Google is serious about making its browser a true gaming platform, from Native Client to the W3C’s GamepadAPI spec.Pointer Lock isn’t just about gaming, however. Google notes that it’s also critical to medical imaging and 3D modeling applications, and any other graphically-intense programs you can think of where mouse-driven panning might come in handy.Chrome 22 also improves support for both Retina Macs and Windows 8 systems. Its appearance has been further polished on Apple’s high-res displays, and Windows 8 users will note that Chrome’s Windows 8 mode sports a refined interface that’s touch friendly from the get-go. There’s also a new option coming to the bookmarks menu that will allow you to pin websites directly to the Start Screen — though it’s not fully functional just yet.More at the Chromium Bloglast_img read more

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal Obamacare

first_imgWASHINGTON — After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don’t have the stomach to repeal “Obamacare” when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation undoing major portions of Barack Obama’s law without replacing it.Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in rejecting an amendment by Rand Paul of Kentucky that would have repealed most of former President Obama’s health care law, with a two-year delay but no replacement. Congress passed nearly identical legislation in 2015 and sent it to Obama, who unsurprisingly vetoed it.Yet this time, with a president in the White House who says he’s itching to sign the bill, the measure failed on the Senate floor. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that repealing “Obamacare” without replacing it would cost more than 30 million Americans their insurance coverage, and that was a key factor in driving away a handful of Republican senators, more than Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could lose in the closely divided Senate.The result frustrated other GOP senators, some of whom expressed disbelief that their colleagues would flip-flop on legislation they had voted for only two years ago and long promised to voters. Of the current Republican senators, only moderate Susan Collins of Maine opposed the 2015 repeal bill.“I think everybody in there, maybe except for one senator, promised their supporters, their voters that they supported repeal of Obamacare,” said Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. “A lot of them said ‘root and branch.’ Now, we’re so far away from that. I’d just remind my colleagues, remember what you promised your voters.”last_img read more

Lawsuit Alleges Darker Side of Regional Lifestyle Publisher

first_imgMeanwhile, Explosive claims that 944 branded the event for itself and bragged in press releases about the 740 million media impressions it received about the event. “944 Media intended from the beginning to use the Super Bowl event as a massive publicity campaign for its 944 magazine, regardless of whether the event was profitable, to be paid for through Explosive Productions’ financial support…,” the complaint reads. It gets worse. Most “insidiously,” the claim continues, 944 Media’s “racial bias” led to its refusal to allow marketing of the event to Hispanic markets. “944 media was, above all, concerned with its image with the white and affluent audience it covered,” says the complaint. “That bias caused 944 Media to insist that no advertising would be purchased if that advertising was directed, even partially, at Mexicans or Latinos.”Explosive contends in the suit that it wanted to produce a series of boxing matches to take place at the event featuring fighter Hector Camacho Jr. But 944 Media execs shot down the idea of promoting the event or the fights on Spanish language radio in Phoenix, Arizona, the suit claims. Here are portions of two e-mails from 944’s business development manager about the fights, via the lawsuit documents:Guys. No running commercial on the mexican radio stations please. What are u guys thinking! Please call to discuss immediately! I am not destroying this party for the sake of saving this boxing match.We can’t promote on Spanish radio unless you want to kill this event entirely on Sat night. We will have a bunch of gang bangers and get shut down.I understand the concept of and value in marketing to your audience, but—whoa. At the very least, this is a perfect example of how two very different ideas can clash with disastrous results. I’m sure it happens, even in publishing, more than I’d like to admit. Although, hopefully not to this degree.Explosive’s claims against 944 also got personal. The lawsuit alleges that the only reason Crown invested in 944 Media was “the access it gave him to young, attractive models and other women, whom he hoped to date.”Lawsuit or not, that’s a tough complaint to swallow. Sometimes even the fastest-growing media companies hit a financial wall. Arizona-based magazine publisher 944 Media, which just last year said it was the largest and fastest growing lifestyle media conglomerate in the industry, has filed for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy code.In the statement announcing the bankruptcy, 944 said the filing was precipitated by “several potentially burdensome lawsuits,” but didn’t offer any specifics. I spoke with a 944 spokesperson who told me the lawsuits involve the buyout of a former 944 partner/investor and the terms of a partnership surrounding 944’s 2008 “944 Super Village” Super Bowl event. She said the event was not “financially profitable” but said its co-owner is “trying to monetize” the publicity 944 received for producing it.I managed to dig up the documents for that particular case against 944, which was filed in March 2009 by California-based Explosive Productions LLC. The complaint alleges that the “Super Village” event was a financial disaster, in part because 944 kept sponsorship money for itself and “secretly” gave away thousands of tickets (including more than $1 million in VIP tickets to “potential magazine models”), actually selling fewer than 1,000 tickets. It also alleges that 944 investor Eric Crown (also co-founder and former CEO of parent Insight Enterprises) took $180,000 worth of tickets and cabanas for his own “personal, social purposes.”last_img read more

First evidence of ancient trade with Asia uncovered in Northwest Alaska

first_imgThere’s new evidence that metal goods from central Asia made their way to Alaska long before contact with Europeans.Download AudioAn excavator works at what was once an ancient settlement at Cape Espenberg. (Photo courtesy of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve)That’s according to a study published this month in the Journal of Archeological Science, but there’s still a lot unknown about one artifact in particular.“The buckle is about three centimeters in length and maybe two to three centimeters wide,” explained Kory Cooper, an archaeologist at Purdue University and one of the authors of the study. He’s been working for the past few years with Owen Mason, who was there when the buckle was discovered.“Near the end of the season, as it always is, one of our excavators came across [a] metal object,” Mason explained.Mason spends almost every summer at Cape Espenberg in northwest Alaska—one of the oldest inhabited settlements in North America. Mason’s team, also led by archaeologist John Hoffecker, has found a handful of other metal artifacts over the years, but he said he knew right away the buckle was unique.“Cast bronze, which is a very elaborate type of technology, had really never been seen before, so immediately, this piece stood out,” Hoffecker said.To cast or to mold metal requires very high temperatures, and, according to Mason, there’s never been any evidence of that in Alaska’s prehistoric settlements.The metal buckle found at Cape Espenberg. (Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado, Boulder)To be sure, Mason sent the buckle down to Kory Cooper’s lab in Indiana, where Cooper used x-ray technology to confirm traces of tin and lead in the buckle.“So this is the first time that anybody has found this kind of object that is definitely something that was made by metal-producing cultures,” Cooper said, “most likely somewhere in Eurasia.”Cooper was also able to confirm the buckle dates back to at least 800 AD, when Cape Espenberg was still a village, but Owen Mason said a lot of questions remain unanswered.“There’s still a lot of mystery here,” Mason said. “How did something get manufactured in Manchuria or Korea, and how long did it take to make its way to Alaska?”Mason and his colleagues are still working on those answers. Their efforts are part of a larger project funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs.Mason said archaeological work at ancient sites like Cape Espenberg is more urgent than ever.“With the thawing of permafrost, with global change, with climate change, the sites are being subject to thawing and degradation,” Mason explained.Mason is on his way back up to Cape Espenberg for what he hopes will be another groundbreaking season in the field.last_img read more

Google Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight Delays

first_imgStay on target The holiday season is here, which means many people will travel to see their families or take vacations. Airports can get hectic at this time, but Google Assistant is here to help: It will now notify you when it predicts flight delays.On Monday, Google announced in a blog post that the new alert feature will be available to users in the next few weeks. Google Assistant will show predicted flight delays on smartphones, and travelers can ask questions such as, “Hey Google, what’s the status of the American Airlines flight from Denver to Philadelphia?” Or “Hey Google, is my flight on time?” Google Assistant will also tell you why your flight is potentially delayed in the alert message.Photo Credit: GoogleThis isn’t the first time that Google has provided flight delay predictions. Earlier this year, Google would show travelers flight delay predictions after they searched for their flight statuses. Google says it uses a combination of historic flight status data and machine learning to form these predictions before airlines confirm delays. However, you can now directly ask Google Assistant about your flight, instead of searching for your flight on Google first.AdChoices广告In addition to flight delay predictions, Google will also roll out other handy traveling features for Google Flights and Google Maps.Photo Credit: GoogleFor Google Flights, you can now see what’s specifically included in your ticket price. In your search, you can check if prices include a carry-on bag, which will save you time and money before your next trip. Plus, you can also filter ticket prices to include checked bag fees for U.S. domestic flights.If you’re traveling to a new destination for the holidays, Google Maps is making it easier to find things to do and places to eat. All you have to do is swipe up on the Explore tab to read up on restaurants, hotels, museums, and more.More on’s Censored Chinese Search Engine Probably Isn’t HappeningGoogle+ Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million PeopleGoogle Patents VR Shoes That Almost Feel Like Real Walking Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google last_img read more

Universities taking steps against junk food in campuses

first_imgKolkata: Four days after the University Grants Commission (UGC) directed all higher educational institutions to ban sale of junk food on their campuses, officials of city varsities have said they are taking steps to that direction.The Vice chancellor of Calcutta University Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee told PTI “there is no sale of food items which can be categorised as junk food within the varsity campus. Still we are making everybody, including affiliated colleges, aware of the UGC directive.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe said, “we have also instructed the canteens of the university and affiliated colleges to maintain hygiene norms while cooking items.”When asked about report of sale of fried items and chips and other fast food packets from Jadavpur University canteens, its Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharya said, “we’ll launch awareness campaign among students about the UGC restriction on junk food consumption.”Bhattacharya, however, said it was difficult to change an individual’s food preferences “or change his love for junk food,” but “we’ll try to curb the trend of consuming junk food within the campus.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPresidency University Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia said, “we’ll put up the notice by UGC on our display board,” in reply to a question on reports of sale of junk food items like noodles and burgers from some canteens of the College Street campus.Echoing Bhattacharya, Lohia said, “one’s food habit is entirely a matter of one’s personal choice, but the Presidency will go by the UGC directive.”On August 22, the UGC in a communication to universities said, “banning junk food in colleges will set new standard for healthy food, make the students live better, learn better and reduce obesity levels. This will prevent lifestyle diseases which have a direct link with excessive weight.”The circular was issued after a directive from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, asking the UGC to ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions.last_img read more

Get the Smartphone of the Season the Latest OnePlus 5T Now on

first_imgThe OnePlus 5T has easily become the flagship Android smartphone of the season. The device that has recently been launched continues to receive amazing reviews from both users and reviewers (stay tuned as a super extensive review is coming from Wccftech very soon, as well). While it may beat most other devices in speed, performance and durability tests, the device doesn’t come cheap! Looking for some deals? It may be difficult to find discounts on such a latest release, but you can still save a few bucks on the OnePlus 5T this holiday season.Christmas Deals [limited units]: Get OnePlus-5T 6GB + 64GB for $482.99 using the promo code ‘BJ5T’OnePlus 5T brings an upgraded display and improved dual camera setup when compared to the original OnePlus 5. The device not only offers impressive battery life, but its performance is also kinda tough to beat – not to forget the device has done impressively on the scratch and bend tests. Unlike the other flagship phones that have now started to demand north of $1,000, you can get OnePlus 5T for half that price and still get your hands on a similar list of features!Still on the fence? Here’s the complete OnePlus 5T specs list:CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.45GHz)GPU: Adreno 540Battery: 3,300 mAh (non-removable), Dash Charge (5V 4A)Screen: 6.01 inches Full Optic AMOLED, 1080P (1080 x 2160 pixels), 401ppi, 18:9Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5Camera: 16MP Sony IMX 398 | 20MP IMX 376KRAM: 6/8 GB LPDDR4XStorage: 64/128 GB UFS2.1 2-LANEDimensions: 156.1*75*7.3mmWeight: 5.7 ounces (162g)Material: Anodized AluminumOperating System: OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 NougatSensors: Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, G-sensor, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, RGB, Sensor HubPorts: USB 2.0, Type-C, Supports USB Audio Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5mm audio jackButtons: On-screen navigational support, power button, volume rocker, Alert SliderAudio: Bottom-facing speaker, 3 microphones with noise cancellation, Supports AANC, Dirac HD Sound®Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GalileoNFC: NFC enabledBluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, supports aptX & aptX HDWiFi: MIMO 2*2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHzIncludes: OnePlus 5T, Screen Protector (pre-applied), Translucent Case, Dash Type-C Cable, Dash Power Adapter, SIM Tray Ejector, Quick Start Guide, Safety Information Share Tweet Submit If you have been waiting for some discounts to get your hands on the latest OnePlus 5T, now is the time! Use code BJ5T and get it for $482.99. For the 8GB version, head over here and use promo code hk5toneplus.Christmas Deals: OnePlus-5T 8GB + 128GB for $553.99 with promo code ‘hk5toneplus’last_img read more

Which Locales Provide the Best Markup on New Homes

first_imgWhich Locales Provide the Best Markup on New Homes? In a new report that looks at the premiums homebuyers are paying for new homes, Trulia found that new homes sell for about 1.3 times more than already existing homes and are 50 percent larger, but have 8 percent smaller lot sizes than existing homes.“Nationally, a new home costs 28 percent more than the rest of the housing stock. However, when examining individual markets, a pattern emerges: the older the metro, the more expensive the metros are” said Alexandra Lee, Housing Data Analyst for Trulia’s Housing Economics Research Team. Trulia looked at new home listings over a period of five years to see what homebuyers are paying for and of the 28 percent premium, roughly half is tied to a home’s features, such as new amenities and less maintenance.Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia had the largest difference in price of newly built homes compared to older ones; you’ll pay 3.2 times more for a new home. New homes are also 86 percent larger in lot size and have 94 percent more square feet. Trulia points out that metros in the West and South have the lowest price differences in new homes. For example, Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina lists only 6 percent more than older homes and lot sizes have 30 percent less square feet. This is followed by Tacoma-Lakewood, Washington with a 10 percent increase. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon, and Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, California come next, both having a 14 percent increase compared to old homes. New home sales have experienced a sharp increase, according to Trulia’s New Home Sales report for September also released Wednesday, which Trulia believes may have stemmed “from a three-month-skid.” According to Trulia, sales increased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 667,000, up 18.9 percent month-over-month and 17 percent-over-year.    “With the month’s supply of new homes dropping to tie the lowest level in a year, it suggests the signs of a slowdown in new home sales over the past few months were actually false positives,” said Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia’s Chief Economist. It also appears home sales increased sharply in the South, implying that the series of recent hurricanes did not have much impact on the demand for new homes.To see Trulia’s full methodology on new home premiums, click here. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal Alexandra Lee New Home Sales New Homes older homes premium Ralph McLaughlin Trulia 2017-10-25 Dean Terrellcenter_img October 25, 2017 571 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories As the Arizona Cardinals prepare for their playoff game against the Carolina Panthers they have made a roster move on the practice squad. Tight end Andre Hardy was placed on the injured list with a calf injury and Ted Bolser was signed to take his place. Bolser was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and spent the season on the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squads before being released on Nov. 25. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In college Bolser played at Indiana, where he caught 117 receptions and started 37 games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui has announced the appointment of Mr Marco Mehr as the new Executive Sous Chef Hugo’s as of August 2015.A Swiss national, Chef Marco began his culinary career in 2003, working in five-star hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore, Myanmar and Thailand.  He was named silver medalist in the cooking discipline of the 39th World Skills Competition in 2007 and the winner of the 2012 Swiss Culinary Cup. Prior to joining Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Chef Marco was with Grand Hyatt Seoul as Chef de Cuisine at Paris Grill since 2013.Chef Marco’s first presentation in Hugo’s will fittingly feature European game delicacies, on offer through October and November.  Diners are invited to savour a range of gamey flavours from herb marinated wild deer carpaccio with shaved parmesan, apple raisin chutney and walnut vinaigrette, to chestnut velouté with truffle cream cheese tortellini and aged Madeira.For mains, Chef Marco offers a traditional dish from his hometown – slow-braised roe deer stew with spätzle, glazed apple, cranberry, cepe and ventrèche bacon. Diners who fancy richer flavours may opt for coffee-rubbed Scottish venison loin with herb and bread dumpling, savoy cabbage, pumpkin and natural venison jus. Finally, the seared wild roe deer medallions with curd pizokel, brussel sprouts, braised red cabbage, chestnut and orange scented game jus is best enjoyed when prepared medium to medium well.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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